The FIEP Helps Russian Engine Industry to Master the Most Advanced Engineering Technologies
The RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) has supported the development of an additional educational program for professional retraining in the field of system engineering of engines and power units. The professionals are trained by the Ural Federal University. The customer and technological partner of the project was the Ekaterinburg Ural Diesel-Motor Plant LLC (UDMP LLC), a leading Russian engineering company for the production of various diesels engines and diesel generators for shipbuilding, diesel locomotive building, and small-scale power generation.
The need for new expertise in digitalization and system engineering of their specialists at UDMP LLC had appeared when they took a new direction—the development of an engine for heavy-duty vehicles. The order came from the Belorussian Belaz company. According to Nikita Grigoriev, the Chief Designer of UDMP LLC, it was necessary to increase the speed and quality of design and to manufacture products using the latest technologies and materials, which are actively being developed by engine manufacturers in other countries. We are talking about digital design technologies, including the creation of digital lookalikes, 3D printing, advanced methods of surface hardening, and coating.
The program is designed to train managers and members of design teams, design engineers engaged in the development of engines and power plants, including electronic systems that ensure their work. The educational course has sparked a lot of interest on the part of UDMP LLC and its staff. The pilot group, which has already begun training, enrolled 55 people instead of the originally supposed 25 participants. “This is the entire composition of the design service, including the managing staff,” said Nikita Grigoriev, assessing the quality of the program.
Due to the quarantine measures related to the coronavirus pandemic, the developers of the program are exploring the possibility of transition to online of all the planned internships at enterprises. To do this, listeners will be provided with remote access to software used by power plant designers in Advance Engineering and Siemens Industries.
The authors are confident in the great potential of replicating the program. First of all, NOVATOR Experimental Design Bureau, Uralvagonzavod Scientific and Design Corporation, NPO Avtomatiki—State Enterprise Scientific Production Association of Automation, Urals Optical-Mechanical Plant, and Kalinin Machine-Building Plant JSC may be interested in obtaining unique competencies of their specialists. Also, prospective consumers of the program are the manufacturing companies from the United Engine Corporation, the United Aircraft Corporation, and motor plants. In addition, Advance Engineering, the partner in the program development, renders system engineering services to Russian Railways, Rosatom, and other large holdings. There are plans to offer a new program to these enterprises, said Elena Bespamyatnykh, Director of the Center for Educational Technologies and Staffing for Innovative Activities of the Ural Federal University. “The first circle of the program consumers covers engine building, but then any machine-building enterprises that intend to master digital design technologies may become the consumers. The Ural Federal University is simply obliged to cover the entire Urals,” says Stanislav Nisimov, Director of the Department of Educational Programs and Professional Qualifications of the Fund. Due to the increasing demand of industrial enterprises for highly qualified personnel, there is a need to include the materials of this educational program in the curricula for students of the country’s leading technical universities.
The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.
The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Anatoly Chubais; the Chief Executive Officer of the Fund is Andrey Svinarenko.